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mountain cabin in the u.s., the latest twist in the hunt for a former police officer accused of murder. pope benedict xvi has given his first weekly general audience since he shocked the world by becoming the first pontiff in six centuries to step down. he received a long standing ovation as he made its way into the audience hall at the vatican? . later he will preside over an ash wednesday mass. will go to our correspondent at the vatican. he said that he is stepping down for the good of the church. >> absolutely. the pope went straight into it. his first words were that he has taken the decision in full freedom and for the good of the church. he went on explaining that he understood the gravity of the moment. then he came to the realization that he did not have the spiritual or the material's strength to carry out his ministry. it was a standing ovation for the pope. it was a very festive atmosphere in the auditorium. 8000 people were there singing before he arrived. there was music. the vatican also want to show this is not a dramatic moments, this is a difficult moment for the chur
the new title pope emeritus. the vatican says he will continue to use his papal title rather than reverting to -- he will also have to change what he wears. the simple white people rope will remain. his ring and the papal seal, they will be destroyed and the new ones will be forged when the next pope is appointed. in a sign of changing times, he will also need to give up his twitter handle. let's speak to barbara. no more tweaking for benedict. i just wonder how much of a tweeter he was. >> not much of one, although he had a lot of followers. 1.5 million or just under 2 million, something like that. he has only tweeted a handful of times. i don't think that was a particular media success as far as the vatican policy goes. hopefully the next pope will also start tweeting again, possibly a bit more frequently. we while, this pope is engaged in his last duty as pontiff, beating the cardinals, really a last goodbye before he leaves the vatican -- meeting the cardinals, really the last goodbye before he leaves the vatican. he will be getting on a helicopter at 4:00 gmt, saying a final
to us on the sidelines of the security council meeting in munich. he says he wants to keep in regular contact with syrian opposition. iran is another staunch ally of the syrian president. after the 45 minute meeting, they talked about a way to remove the regime with the least possible bloodshed. there has been serious opposition to the presence of government subject to the condition including 160,000 prisoners. we will go live from munich, lots to talk about already. we have the defense minister weighing in with his own views. what did he say? >> that is right, syria has remained high on the agenda here on sunday morning. the conference heard from another key regional player, he told the conference that in his view the fall of a sought -- assad was imminent and would deal a heavy blow to his allies in the region, would be made to pay a price. he was asked to comment on reports that israeli jets bombed targets inside syria over the last few days. there was no surprise that he did not leap to ended mission, but he did give what some called a tacit admission. >> i cannot admit anything.
talks with representatives in rebel-held areas. he said he wants to find a way for us ought to leave power with minimal bloodshed. he is due to meet the arab league secretary-general on monday. let's speak to the executive director of the washington- based cyrian center for political and strategic studies. also a former member of the syrian national council, joining us live from washington. welcome to the program. what your thoughts about the potential for dialogue? >> it is clear that the a side regime has rejected this offer from them because he put to conditions. one, free all political prisoners. we have no sign the aside regime has read any of them. he has dropped this offer again. he said that now we will go without initiatives since the regime is closing all the doors. >> d do you think president asst --- assad's view is he can crush the revolution? >> nobody believes the machine can crush the revolution. >> do you think he believes that? >> i think he is putting the security solution as top a party for him and not care about how much the country has been destroyed. he does no
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